The school board contracted with the Iowa Association of School Boards to conduct a survey last fall.
They collected data from all stakeholder groups – students, staff, parents, school board members and community – and almost 500 people participated. Their … Continue reading
Our district is pleased to share the news that Tilford elementary principal, Jim Murray, has been named the 2017 Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.
There are about 650 elementary principals in Iowa. While … Continue reading
My first posting about security seemed to be well received! Thanks for those of you who gave feedback.
One of the things we are focusing on this year is attendance. If kids have high rates of absenteeism, it is harder … Continue reading
I’ve thought about starting to post “Thoughts from the Superintendent” for a long time but have been hesitant for several reasons. While I’ve been hesitant, I finally decided I just need to try it for awhile and then evaluate! Let … Continue reading
My name is Jim Murray and I am proud to be serving as principal of Tilford Elementary School, part of the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District, located in Vinton, Iowa.
After graduating from Iowa State University, I had experiences teaching 2nd and 5th grade for the Wall Lake View Auburn School District and 4th grade for Storm Lake Community Schools. I continued my education at Buena Vista University, earning my Masters of Science degree in Educational Administration and then served as 3-5 principal in Independence. I’ve been a principal in our school district since 2003 and am proud to serve as both a learner and leader to the staff, students and families of Tilford. My wife Lisa and I are proud residents of the Vinton community. I have three children, Lucas, Logan and Lauren who are currently enjoying their educational experiences in our school district.
Our excellent teachers and support staff are committed to providing a respectful, caring and supportive environment in which all students reach academic success. Our staff and students both welcome and value the support of our families, volunteer and resources provided by our outstanding community.
Please feel free to visit our school. We would love to share with you all the great learning that is happening at Tilford Elementary School!
Tilford Elementary school reflects a student population of approximately 550 unique preschool through fourth grade learners. We are confident that you will find Tilford to be a child and family centered school that has high expectations for student learning and achievement. We believe you will be pleased with the educational program and the supportive, caring atmosphere that Tilford has to offer.
Tilford Elementary places student learning and helping each child reach his or her full potential as our primary focus. Our school also offers additional support services in the areas of Title1, Special Education, and Extended Learning. With our strong emphasis on meeting the needs of all students through differentiated instruction and research-based practices, our students are able to continually make strong achievement gains.
We believe that through teaching, modeling, and practicing, Tilford Elementary students will show good character by demonstrating safe, caring, respectful, and responsible behaviors. We also believe that by acknowledging and recognizing students when they demonstrate those core values, we will promote continued positive behavior.
Effective communication between school and home is an important aspect of your child’s education. Feel free to stop by or call at any time throughout the school year with questions, concerns or suggestions. By communicating effectively, we will make this an exciting and rewarding school year for all!
There are lots of opportunities to get involved and to volunteer at Tilford Elementary. We encourage you speak with your child’s teacher or visit the PTO webpage for more information.